Five Iowans Missed Powerball Jackpot by One Number
By Rod Boshart, Reporter
DES MOINES, Iowa - Five Iowans came close, but failed to win a share of the $448.4 million jackpot in Wednesday's Powerball drawing.
Three winning tickets matching the five numbers and the Powerball were reported Thursday – two in New Jersey and one in Minnesota. The odds of winning the jackpot in Powerball -- either as a $448.4 million annuity or the $258.2 million cash option – were about 1 in 175.2 million.
The winning numbers in Wednesday's drawing were: 5-25-30-58-59 and Powerball 32.
Iowa Lottery officials said 43,174 tickets sold in Iowa won prizes ranging from $4 up to $40,000, including five tickets that came within one number of having at least a share of the jackpot.
Two tickets purchased in Iowa matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball to win prizes of $10,000 each. Three more also matched those same numbers, but had the Power Play option added to them, so those tickets each won a prize of $40,000.
The $10,000 winning tickets were sold in Oxford and Storm Lake, while the $40,000 winning tickets were sold in Des Moines, Dubuque and Iowa City.
Iowa Lottery players bought more than $3.1 million in Powerball tickets for Wednesday's drawing, including more than $2 million in tickets on Wednesday alone, lottery officials reported. During Wednesday's busiest stretch from about 5-6 p.m., Powerball tickets were selling at more than $4,000 per minute in Iowa.
About 54 percent of all the possible combinations were purchased in Wednesday's drawing, officials said.
The largest Powerball jackpot of $590.5 million was claimed on May 18 by Gloria Mackenzie of Florida. Topping that record for the Powerball game is the largest jackpot in American lottery history and worldwide of $656 million set by the Mega Millions game for the March 30, 2012 drawing. There were three winning jackpot tickets for that drawing; one each in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.